The lawsuit, filed against Peterkin and RTA, contends that Peterkin was "unreasonably distracted, failed to pay reasonable attention to the direction of her turn, and/or was otherwise negligent and unlawful in failing to see and yield to Mrs. Kuendig, with the force of the bus windshield and front bike rack delivering a violent blow from behind that drove Mrs. Keundig into the air and slammed her to the pavement in the crosswalk near the curb on the north side of Rockwell."
The lawsuit states Kuendig received multiple injuries, including skull and rib fractures and bleeding throughout her brain.
Kuendig died on Dec. 29.
According to the lawsuit, RTA failed to make simple and inexpensive repairs to the buses that would have eliminated blind spots that blocked driver visibility.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Kuendig's estate, is seeking wrongful death damages from RTA and punitive damages in excess of $25,000 from Peterkin.